Thursday, February 14, 2013
Pedal 4 Pattison’s, a four-hour Spinning Marathon which raises funds and awareness for the children of Pattison’s Academy, will be held Saturday, March 6. The children who attend Pattison’s have severe and/or multiple disabilities, and the money raised helps to fund programs that serve them. This grassroots event is in its sixth year and has gained steady momentum over the years.
The event is completely organized by volunteers, and all of the proceeds go directly to the programs for the children. The funds support the school’s therapeutic summer camp-the only one in the Lowcountry and one of handful in the US- and their charter school, Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education (P.A.C.E).
Pedal 4 Pattison’s began in 2008 with a modest $15,000 goal and approximately 100 riders, and over the past five years is has raised more than $650,000. Last year alone there were nearly 250 participants on 126 bikes (some people ride in teams) and the event raised more than $200,000. There are both national and local sponsors as well as a host of in-kind sponsors.
The ride is held at the P.A.C.E charter school gymnasium on Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley, and it is truly an event. There is music, lights and videos, but the children and their families are also there. The families wheel the children around in their wheelchairs so the riders can hug, kiss and “high five” them. Also, there are three instructor Spinning bikes on the stage along with an adapted, electric bike, and the children of Pattison’s rotate riding that bike just as the instructors rotate on our Spinning® bikes. While it is a high energy day, it is also very moving. The participants would tell you that it is magical experience for everyone involved.
This year’s event takes place on March 9, from 7:45 a.m.-noon,
The website, which was donated, is www.pedal4pattisons.org, and you can view the 2013 promotional video (75 seconds) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ZK0r2Bj2k&feature=youtu.be.